Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 10:39 pm
Q-C Wind Ensemble wins national prize
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By Jonathan Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
The Quad City Wind Ensemble has won the 2012American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance 2012 in the community division.
In this division, some members may be paid, and some may be students.
The ensemble was selected from applications reviewed earlier this year from across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new nonprofit competitions designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the nation based on submitted recordings, according to a news release.
The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.Among judges' comments concerning the Q-C wind ensemble: "There are real strengths in this group, not just from principals, but down the row. Good choir balances. ... A fine ensemble of which musicians, conductor and community can be well proud.
"Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps even be nominated," chief judge David Katz said in a news release, "but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward.
"Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names, or only to graduates of the most famous schools. It is on view all over the United States if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence."
Founded in 1987 by Charles B. DCamp, of St. Ambrose University, the Quad City Wind Ensemble has become one of the finest adult bands in the nation, according to its bio. With an annual series of full ensemble and chamber music concerts, the QCWE has performed at the annual conventions of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and the Illinois Music Educators Association.
Brian Hughes, of Dubuque, Iowa, was appointed as the first non-resident conductor of the ensemble and has increased the ensemble's repertoire to include band classics and contemporary music, including two world premiere performances.
Winners of The American Prize receive cash prizes, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on recorded performances.
In addition to monetary rewards and written evaluations from judges, winners are profiled on The American Prize websites, where links will lead to video and audio excerpts of winning performances. The American Prize has awarded more than $10,000 in prize money in all categories since 2010.
For more information about the competition, visit theamericanprize.org.